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Old 18 January 2007, 12:37   #1
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Amphibious, expensive and pointless wheeled RIB in action

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Unfortunately, on the Thames, above Wandsworth, in the 8 knot limit and probably the cause of a million and one complaints from the easily aggravated rowing community... Plus only the helm has a l/jacket, grrr.

Oh God, do I sound boring , but I bet that the next few RIBS that passed through were unjustly blamed/suspected of similar antics. The rowers are now finally starting to have to comply with normal maritime laws, so it's a shame when they get any ammo against other river users.

I like the fact that there isn't any speed limit d/stream of Wandsworth, but that means you should respect it when there is one.

Just a general rant, not aimed at RIBNET users, I suspect that the chaps in this clip barely know that they have bought a RIB (of sorts..).

Right soap box away, off to get a life now...



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Old 18 January 2007, 12:47   #2
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Erm,

Doesn't look good at all for those of us that try and obey the rules.
Guess your going to get loads of City people buying those boats and giving all us RIBbers a bad name.
Hopefully the cruise on the 21st will show them otherwise.
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Old 18 January 2007, 15:47   #3
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Guess that must be a Sealegs?

Like the idea of the boat, shame about the owners...
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Old 18 January 2007, 16:39   #4
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What was with all laughing. Its only a boat ride.
what a twot!!
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Old 18 January 2007, 17:03   #5
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Don't you find that when you take people out that have never been on a RIB before that they all laugh like that !
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Don't you find that when you take people out that have never been on a RIB before that they all laugh like that !
Not in mine they don't

I posted a nice friendly comment for him.
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Don't you find that when you take people out that have never been on a RIB before that they all laugh like that !
Hi Biggles, only when they are nervous dude which is often.
I guess its cos I have good ear phones on and its annoying.
However, I have watched it again and perhaps the only thing now annoying me is that I recall this boat from the RIb Int and it reminds me of a tractor.

It is however very useful for the RNLI guys etc.
I would guess that in season 2 you would be oiling and servicing alot of moving parts etc.

He is an anoying bast...d tho, what can I say, so am I on ocasions!!!
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Old 18 January 2007, 17:51   #8
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BMW syndrome.

It looks like a salesman driving the boat. He's after a sale to two London monkeys. The salesman has a suit on and lifejacket. The monkeys don't have lifejackets, which is the salesmans fault for not providing them, they are probably on a scam for a free ride and a cheap bit of fun. Any serious RIBber knows that particular boat is probably useless in any sort of decent seas.
The people at the pub are naturally interested. But overall the film/picture just makes it look like anybody, with no training or prior knowledge, but enough money is capable of taking a boat out and having safe and easy fun. Unfortuneatly from what Tideway has said they have had to break the law to do that.

Its a bit like BMW syndrome. Buy a nice fast car but the only way to get some fun out of it is to break the speed limit. And when the Police speed cameras cop them they moan about being picked on. They are all knobs. Shame Britains full of them.
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[QUOTE=Biggles;182616] It looks like a salesman driving the boat. QUOTE]

I thought that too...

But anyone with half a brain would see what a compromised and deeply flawed package the whole set up is.

Ahhh. I see your point.

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It looks like a salesman driving the boat. QUOTE]

I thought that too...

But anyone with half a brain would see what a compromised and deeply flawed package the whole set up is.

Ahhh. I see your point.

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Not trying to condone speeding or reckless behaviour at all; but why do you believe this is a fundamentally flawed boat/package. Its not for me, and I am sure for many people of here - but for the sort of application it is used for in the video (launch/recovery without trailer and no need for pontoons etc - used in relatively sheltered waters) it actually seems pretty good. I would have thought it would suit someone who wants to keep the boat ashore, and operates in relatively sheltered waters, and always operates in the same area of water so doesn't need a trailer. Am I missing something about this boat that wasn't obvious about in the clip (or was I too busy saying - "is he really driving a rib in shirt and tie?"),
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